I have about half of my spring break planned out. I am hoping to fill the other half with many hours of downtime and some unplanned adventures and expeditions in Austin.
In case you need some ideas and inspiration for exploring activities in the greater Austin area this Spring Break, print out this handy Spring Break Activities for Kids sheet and attach to your fridge. Be sure to check back on LiveMom.com throughout the week for more event listings and updates.
- Catch a Flick at Alamo Kids Camp - Alamo Kids Camp returns to the Slaughter, Village and Lakeline Alamo Drafthouse locations this Spring Break! Four family-friendly movies will be showing from Saturday, March 14 to Sunday, March 22, 2015. Admission to each film is $1 per person, which will be donated to one of three local nonprofits: Multicultural Refugee Coalition (Village), Any Baby Can (Slaughter), and Literacy Coalition of Central Texas (Lakeline). Click here for showtimes.
– Dig for Dino Bones at Champion Park- Champion Park has a huge shade covered sand pit that is perfect for a lovely spring day. Pack a picnic lunch to eat at one of the picnic tables then head over to Brushy Creek Lake Park for additional play time!
- Plant some wildflowers! Spring is upon us, Austinites! Get outside and plant some wildflowers. Visit one of many Austin-area nurseries for spring planting ideas. A few of LiveMom’s faves: The Great Outdoors, The Natural Gardener, Green and Growing.
– Explore Graffiti Park on Baylor Street- If you feel like fighting traffic to get downtown, Graffiti Park is a cool experience (especially if you have visitors in town for SXSW). I like to go and watch the artists at work. Read more about it here. Looking for more street art in Austin? Check out this great Pinterest board for ideas.
– Play All Day at the Thinkery- Austin’s beloved children’s museum has a lot of programs scheduled during spring break to keep Austin kids busy. They can play all day inside and out! Read a review of The Thinkery from when they first opened. Check out the Austin-American Statesman’s guide here.
– Watch The Three Little Pigs on stage at ZACH Theatre- Saturdays, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Take three little piglets, their devoted single-parent mom, and a misunderstood Big Bad Wolf, and you’ve got the perfect “Great Big Little Broadway Show” for audiences ages 3 and up. Filled with humor, this endearing tale will leave you squealing with glee and howling with laughter!
– Feed the Ducks at Mueller Lake Park. You can pack a picnic, feed the leftover bread to the ducks, head to the playground to play and then jog around the lake to get playtime, eating and exercise all knocked out in one location!
- Eat the first ice cream of the season at Amy’s Ice Creams- An Austin must-do as soon as the weather warms up! Okay, even in cold weather it’s one of our faves. Check out the locations that also have playgrounds so the kids can play off all that sugar: Burnet, Austinville 78750 on 183 and Austinville 78704 on Lamar, and The Grove.
– Visit a local Farmer’s Market- Our friends at Free Fun in Austin just wrote up a great post with all of the area markets in Austin. Check it out here.
– Meet Cowboys and Cowgirls at the Austin Rodeo. There is something going on each day at the Austin Rodeo! From concerts to cook offs and a carnival, kiddos will be saying Yee Haw by the time they go back to school.
– Kayak or Canoe on Lady Bird Lake. Combine this adventure with your visit to Zilker Park! Rent a canoe or kayak from Zilker Boats while you are there. There are plenty more options including The Rowing Dock, Texas Rowing Center, Congress Avenue Kayaks, The Expedition School, and Capital Cruises.
– Visit the new Hill Country Science Mill. Itching to get out of town during spring break? Head to Johnson City to check out the amazing new Hill Country Science Mill. You can easily spend a day exploring all the stations. Tip: There’s a nice shady picnic area right across the street from the Mill.
– Dress up like a hipster and listen to live music during SXSW! Check out LiveMom’s Top Picks for Kid-Friendly Music here.
– Listen in on a Storytime at a library or local bookstore. There are endless options for storytime in Austin! Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
- Austin Public Library
- Barnes and Noble
- Round Rock Library
- Cedar Park Library
- Pflugerville Library
- Laura’s Library and Westbank Library
– Hike the Barton Creek Greenbelt: Run, bike, swim, hike, on over 7 miles of trail and one swimming spot.
– Visit the Austin Nature and Science Center: Check out the wildlife exhibits and dig in the dino pit.